Boise State Senior
Has a good first step and tends to time the snap well to get a good get-off. Is comfortable rushing from a two-point stance with a nice first step to challenge the edge. At times will be able to dip the shoulder and turn the corner. Has a decent rip move and inside counter move. Also effective working on stunts. Does his best work when he's attacking upfield. Does a nice job setting the edge as a run defender, forcing ballcarrier back into pursuit. Will break down and wrap up at the point of attack. Capable in coverage when working on the short zones in the flat. Gets good depth there and has a feel for playing in space.
A bit of a tweener that isn't big enough to play with his hand on the ground. Doesn't have great speed to play linebacker and can get exposed at times when you ask him to cover a lot of ground. Struggles in coverage when you ask him to cover backs and tight ends downfield. Doesn't look fluid when asked to change direction and struggles to turn and locate the ball in the air downfield. Can get caught out of position against the zone read and misdrection plays when defending the run.
McClellin plays a hybrid end/linebacker role for Boise State, but spends the majority of his time playing with his hand off the ground. He's a good pass rusher that is an effective edge rusher and blitzer off the corner. He moves well in space, and is comfortable playing linebacker. He tested very well at the Combine, although he doesn't quite show that level of athleticism on tape. But you could see him growing into a capable rush linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, that can occasionally put his hand in the dirt and play end for some 4-3 teams.
2011 GAMES WATCHED:
(9/3) at Georgia: 1 sack, 1 pressure, 1 QB hit, 1 TFL, 1 stuff
(9/16) at Toledo: N/A, no production
(11/12) vs. TCU: 1 pressure, 1 QB hit, 1 FF; 3 targets, 1 rec., 11 yds, 14 YAC, 0 TDs
(11/19) at San Diego St: 1 pressure, 1 QB hit; 1 tgt., 1 rec, 15 yds, 3 YAC, 0 TDs, 1 INT
2011: 13 GP/13 Gs, 50 tackles, 12.5 TFLs, 7.0 sacks, 2 INTs, 0 PD, 1 FF, 0 FR; 1 blocked kick
2008: 10/1-14-1.0-1.0-0-0-3-0; 1 blocked kick
- missed 3 games due to a leg injury in 2008
McClellin should make a solid complementary outside linebacker for a 3-4 team. He's not going to be the sort of guy that scares most teams, but if he's playing opposite a top-end pass rusher like a Clay Matthews or DeMarcus Ware, he should be in a position to make his share of plays. He needs to get better in coverage, and he'll work best in a scheme that won't ask to cover a ton of area. He's at his best when he can get upfield and is a solid run defender that should have little issue becoming a solid performer in that arena. It's going to be the coverage that will be his biggest obstacle. I think he's athletic enough that he should be okay, but probably not your first choice to cover an explosive back or top-level tight end. I think he can also play for a 4-3 team as a guy that can play first and second down at linebacker, and then put his hand on the ground on third downs. But he's not the caliber of athlete or pass rusher to think he'll make that work early in his career. Instead, he'll be more of a developmental option that after a couple of years of getting comfortable playing linebacker and filling out his frame as a pass rusher could do that. But he's not going to be a guy that puts up elite production doing that. He's more of a 2-4 sack guy if that's his role. INstead, he'll be better off playing off in a 3-4 where there won't be a huge amount of development time. While he'll be better if he can get a year or two under his belt to develop, he should be able to contribute fairly early as a starter similar to a player like Koa Misi or Brooks Reed. I don't think he'll be a big time pass rusher off the bat, but could probably contribute 3-5 sacks. And eventually, if he continues to develop he could be a guy that could grow into a guy that could give you 6-8 sacks in a 3-4 scheme.
Jarret Johnson, Chargers.
McClellin would be a good fit in Atlanta if they employ a hybrid scheme. He would draw comparisons to Kroy Biermann, but I think is a much superior defender when playing in space than Biermann is, who has consistently struggled in that arena. McClellin could push for time as a rookie SAM linebacker, but probably wouldn't beat out Nicholas. But he could be worked into the lineup on some nickel situations as a situational pass rusher at times. He would be a nice developmental starter in a hybrid scheme. Unless the Falcons used him more as a full-time pass rusher down the line, he probably wouldn't be a big-time sack artist, but he's a guy that as a run defender and pass rusher would be an upgrade over Nicholas down the line at linebacker. He should turn into a solid starter along the lines of a player like Jarrett Johnson in Baltimore, who began his career being coached by Nolan in Baltimore.
Because McClellin appears fairly NFL ready, he would make a nice second round pick in the latter half of that round for a 3-4 team. But I don't think he has the top-level upside that would make him a bit of a reach if he was taken in the Top 50 picks. A 4-3 team would be better off looking at him in the third round.
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Point of Attack: 7.0
Pass Rush: 6.5
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